The federal Strategic Initiative Funding (SIF) program is designed to modernize research and commercialization facilities at Canadian universities, colleges and polytechnics. NorQuest has been awarded $1.38 million by the federal government for various upgrades to the South Learning Centre and establish the Innovation Centre.

GEC is working closely with NorQuest to develop the Innovation Studio, which will provide a space for business, industry, and community partners to work with students and researchers. This investment will promote research, translating ideas into new products and services, accelerating business growth, and propelling entrepreneurs from start-up to success.